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Summary

Bernard Samson returns to Berlin in the final novel in the classic spy trilogy, Faith, Hope and Charity.

Bernard continues to chip away at the mystery of his sister-in-law Tessa Kosinski's death in Berlin on the crucial night when his wife, Fiona, was brought out of the East.

Fighting to uncover the truth, he must also confront the key relationships in his own life: Fiona is still far from stable now that she has returned to work, and their children remain in the clutches of his wealthy and manipulative father-in-law. Meanwhile, Werner Volkmann, Bernard's friend since childhood, is reluctant to get involved in Bernard's crusade.

A wonderful depiction of both covert operations and office politics, Charity is packed with action, incident and intrigue, bringing to a triumphant conclusion a series of 10 novels that represents one of the great acheivements of modern English fiction.

This new reissue includes a foreword from the cover designer, Oscar-winning filmmaker Arnold Schwartzman, and a brand new introduction by Len Deighton, which offers a fascinating insight into the writing of the story.

©2015 Len Deighton (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"Here is the master of espionage writing at his brilliant best...an authentic, compelling read." ( Mail on Sunday)
"Deighton's prose is tough, clean and compelling...storytelling of this high quality will never go out of fashion." ( Sunday Express)
"Like the vintage Bentley, Deighton's prose...runs extremely smoothly." ( Times Literary Supplement)

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Len Deighton - Bernard Sampson series

What an excellent series, especially the description of Berlin through the 70's and 80's when I had the privilege to visit and marvel at the wall.

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Final chapter of Bernard

Great series - three trilogies.
A round up concentrating largely on the fate of Bernard although room for future books which never did materialise.
Not really for the first time reader and one really needs to have read "Faith" and "Hope" at least , ideally all beginning with "Game"
Read them in the 1980' s and time has not dimmed them

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A great ending

What did you like most about Charity?

Brilliantly atmospheric. A satisfying ending to the 3 trilogies.

What about James Lailey’s performance did you like?

Pitch perfect. A rare talent.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Bernard Samson - the spy with a heart on fire and a head on ice.

Any additional comments?

At the end of this 9 novel marathon Charity still manages to surprise and delight. One of the best books in the series.

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